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Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer

Reading. It’s one of the simplest—and cheapest—forms of entertainment for you and your child. And with summer here to stay for a while, it’s also a great way to stay cool—curled up on the couch with a good book. Reading is also a great way to keep your kids tuned into learning during their long vacation. Here are some tips to keep your child’s reading skills on track while she is out of school:

  • Set a timer and have your child read at least 30 minutes a day, in addition to any bedtime reading. If your child isn’t quite reading independently, have her look at the pictures and just peruse the books. Better yet, read to her.
  • If she’s a reluctant reader, visit your local library. Most offer summer reading programs with incentives for minutes or books read.
  • Find appropriate books. Your child needs books at her reading level so she can be successful. Scholastic offers a list of great summer books, divided by grade level, along with tips to determine if the book is age-appropriate. Family Education also has book lists by age group and genre.
  • Talk about books. Let your child see that you are a reader too, and talk about some of your favorite books. Ask her questions about what she is reading and encourage discussion.
  • Relax and have fun! Just like you, kids need a break sometimes. Encourage reading, but don’t make it a chore. If 30 minutes a day is an expectation, stick with it, but allow your child time to rest, play, or just goof around!
Video Games and Our Children

In 2002 the average amount of time children ages 2 to 18 years old spent playing video games was 20 to 33 minutes a day. Anyone with children these days knows that is no longer the case. Gaming has become so popular that there are now studies as to how prolonged amounts of time spent gaming on a daily basis can lead to poor social skills, less reading, less time spent doing homework, and even weight problems. So, as a new school year begins, how do we help our children focus less on gaming and more on homework and healthy outdoor activities?

With state-of-the-art graphics blurring the line between reality and fiction, and role playing games allowing players to become more invested than ever in fantasy storylines, pulling children away from their computers and game consoles has become harder than ever. However, by establishing rules that place importance on homework above video games, establishing time limits on daily (or weekly) gaming, and involving our children in organized outdoor activities provided by either the school or the city, our youth may learn to place less emphasis on video games, become accustomed to good work habits, and benefit from increased confidence in social settings as well as improved health and fitness.

As the school year begins, it brings with it the perfect opportunity to place less emphasis on stationary entertainment and more emphasis on excellent work and play habits. So, empower your children to be more successful this year. They may carry the benefits of such a lifestyle with them the rest of their lives.